Conservatives Explain Concerns About Herring's Decision

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Several leaders of state conservative groups met Monday morning to talk about some of their concerns about politics and other issues.

The meeting follows Attorney General Mark Herring's decision to not defend Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

One of the people attending was Don Blake, the president of the Virginia Christian Alliance.

He has a petition circulating asking for Herring's impeachment following that announcement last month.

That was not the only issue being discussed, the group of men said they were also talking about issues before the General Assembly, as well as the direction of the nation.

Blake said he expects to have about 10,000 petitions returned against Herring in the next month and worries about what Herring's decision means for the future.

"If this man can come in, in two weeks, decide he's going to take a major amendment that one point three million people voted for eight years ago, where will he go next?" said Blake.

Michael Kelly, Herring's director of communications, sent this statement as a response.

"After thorough analysis, Attorney General Herring concluded that Virginia's marriage ban violates constitutionally protected rights and a judge reached the same conclusion after hearing vigorous arguments from both sides. Individuals have the right to oppose marriage equality, but threats of impeachment are inappropriate, especially since Attorney General Herring was right on the law. There has been a tremendous amount of support for his decision and those threatening impeachment are a very, very small minority. "

The issue continues to unfold in the courts while drawing a lot of strong opinions.


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